Ajinkya Rahane failed to open his account on Day 4 of the fourth Test at The Oval against England.
The Indian Test vice-captain virtually missed a straight delivery and got wrapped on the pads. He was a part of the double-strike provided by Chris Woakes that brought England right back in the contest.
Rahane had scored a half-century in the second innings at Lord’s, but apart from that, he has been highly inconsistent. Many Indian fans wanted him dropped from the team and this failure doesn’t keep Ajinkya Rahane in good stead.
Fans troll Ajinkya Rahane for repeated failures
Fans on Twitter trolled Ajinkya Rahane for his repeated failures and believe he has played his last innings in Test cricket. Here is what they had to say:
Not long ago, Ajinkya Rahane had led the Indian team to a miraculous Test series win Down Under. He had also scored a brilliant century in the Boxing Day Test and many considered him undroppable.
But the Indian Test vice-captain has unfortunately undergone a dry patch and could well have reached the end of the rope. India had begun Day 3 positively with skipper Virat Kohli and all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja looking solid in their defense and assured in their strokeplay.
However, Woakes has brought England roaring back into the game by first dismissing Ravindra Jadeja and then the out-of-form Ajinkya Rahane.
The Indian captain now has the explosive Rishabh Pant for company and will be hoping that the wicketkeeper-batter sticks around for quite some time.
India will look to post a target between the 275-300 run mark as it would be really difficult for England to get those runs batting last. The crucial thing for the visitors would be not to lose a cluster of wickets and get bowled out before lunch.
If India manage to post a target above 300, they will be favorites to win the game.
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